Ooooo too much great stuff! Not sure where to start with Bilarong Reserve; it’s a battle between the fab views, the excellent play equipment and the wonderful stone sculptures of wondrous mythical beasts. Ummm… the sculptures win! We love them, there are so many and they are divine, our favourites being the snoozing dragons…. or the secret doorway… or the old men..??
We had a lovely time there recently during a cricket team end of season BBQ. The weather was warm and sunny, the lake was serene and quite inviting, the kids all played and we had even remembered our folding chairs. Fab family fun on a Sydney Sunday.
But there is one warning… if you have bolters, or kids who are not yet safe around water this playground will scare the living daylights out of you. There is a securely fenced area, with equipment for young kids, but most of the playground is not fenced and it’s within spitting disctance of the unfenced lake, and just a toddle away from a very busy road. Parents of wild ones beware (and I used to be that mother, so glad mine are a bit older and wiser these days.)
Wakehurst Parkway, Narrabeen
This is a playground in two halves, with some pretty basic equipment for young children in a shaded, fenced play area and then a much larger and more adventurous playground outside that.
There is a fantastic sandpit/dry creek bed, it is huge and has great rocks and sculptures to scramble over. A fab area for creative and imaginative play (for adults as well as the kids). There is a wooden bridge which sadly does not come with its own troll, which is a surprise really since there are so many fabulous beasts about.
There are spicas, a huge space net (which I usually call spiders’ web climbing frames) and a roundabout too. There’s lots of shade, casuarina trees to play amongst; it’s heaven.
There are BBQs on the reserve, plus picnic tables. BYO shade on a hot day though.
Nearest takeaway cappuccino: BYO
Toilets/ Baby change: Toilets across other side of playgroun. Wish it was closer!
Shade: Yes, shadecloth on fenced playground; lots of trees
Enclosed: The little ones’ playground is fenced but most of playground is not fenced and is close to the lake and road.
Mum’s report: I’d have had a shocking time here when my kids were younger and very wild, but now they are wiser and won’t just go straight to the lake and jump in. It’s lovely to visit here, I enjoy the views and they clamber all over the great playequipment. It’s a really fab sandpit!
Extra: There is a long cycleway which passes through this reserve. Kayaks can be hired on Narrabeen Lake but not at this reserve. It would be cool to hire kayaks at Narrabeen and then kayak the kiddies over here for a play.
Parking: Carpark by playground and reserve
Here’s a short video of Bilarong Playground which will let you see the whole place.
Have you been to Narrabeen Lake? Can you recommend any other good spots there to other families?